Working group on alternative reference rates (ARR)

About the working group

Reference rates play a critical role in the global financial system. Large values are linked to these interest rates through various financial products and financial contracts. In response to revelations of attempts to manipulate global reference rates and a decline in activity in the unsecured interbank market following the financial crisis, the G20, under the auspices of the Financial Stability Board (FSB), launched an initiative to reform interest rate benchmarks.

In response to the FSB's recommendations and the work in other countries in this area, Norges Bank has decided, after consultation with the financial industry, to establish a working group on alternative reference rates in NOK. The working group comprises representatives of Norwegian banks and foreign branches with good insight into the relevant Norwegian markets and the use of Norwegian reference rates. The first part of the working group's work will consist of putting forward proposals on possible alternative reference rates and identify the conditions that must be in place for a successful transition to the alternative reference rate(s). Subsequently, the working group will work on how such a rate can be implemented as a reference rate.

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Open meeting on alternative Norwegian krone reference rates (ARR)

Tuesday, 20 November 2018, 14:00 to 16:00. Registation starts at 13:30. (The meeting will be held in Norwegian)

  • 14.00-14.10 Introductory statement:
    Governor Øystein Olsen
  • 14.10-14.50 The working group presents its work so far and proposals for alternative reference rates:
    Jørgen Gudmundsson, Sparebanken Vest
  • 14.50-15.30 Remarks by market participants:
    • Robert Eilertsen, Equinor
    • Sigbjørn Birkeland, Kommunalbanken
    • Lars Andreas Løwe Løtvedt, Nordea Investment Management
  • 15.30-16.00 Q&A


Registration deadline: Wednesday 14 November 2018

A consultation report will be published on this website well in advance of the meeting.

Any questions can be addressed to the secretariat by e-mail

Published 11 October 2018 12:05
Edited 11 October 2018 11:53